Biography - Randall Goosby

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Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Competition
2010 Junior Division First Place Laureate


Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby (20) made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 13, where he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone playing Ysaye’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3…and his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” (NY Times Music review). Randall has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010, at age 13. The win immediately led to an invitation by Tony- Nominated actor Delroy Lindo, to perform at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California. That same year, Randall was invited to appear as part of the New York Philharmonic’s prestigious Young People’s Concert series at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. He was invited to play again with the New York Philharmonic in 2011 and in 2012.

Randall began violin studies at age 7, and made his solo orchestral debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 9. He attended and performed at the Schlern International Music Festival in Schlern, Italy that same year and, thereafter, attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME) and the Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY). In 2011, Randall received a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard Pre-College program in New York.   Randall currently studies with reigning violin virtuoso, Itzhak Perlman, and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance, and a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship.

Randall has made solo appearances with several major orchestras across the U.S. including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and Arkansas Symphony among others. He has also made two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as part of the Sphinx Organization’s Young Artist Development Program. In addition to performing, Randall is passionate about sharing his love for music, and has participated in outreach programs for public schools, children’s hospitals, and music programs across the country.

Randall received Grand Prize honors at the Memphis Youth Symphony Concerto Competition (2008), Germantown Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2009), the Young Artists Concerto Competition at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado (2009) and, at the age of 13, became the youngest First Prize Winner of the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition. Additionally, he received the prestigious Isaac Stern Award (2011) following his second solo performance at Carnegie Hall, and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program (2012), which showcases performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians. Randall was also honored as the 2013 Rising Star of the Key West Impromptu Classical Concert Series in Florida, and was honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society in 2015.

Randall plays on a magnificent Giovanni Paolo Maggini (c. 1590) on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.


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